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Cricket SA in contact with IPL to ensure safe return of Proteas from India

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Quinton de Kock. (Mumbai Indians - Twitter)
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) was on Tuesday engaging with the BCCI and Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament organisers to ensure the safe return of the Proteas from India.

This comes after Tuesday's confirmation that the ongoing edition of the IPL had been postponed indefinitely given the coronavirus crisis that is currently crippling India. 

There are a total of 11 South Africans currently at the tournament - AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Gerald Coetzee. 

While CSA is monitoring the situation closely, the travel arrangements for the players will ultimately be made by their respective franchises, the BCCI and the IPL.

"The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021," a statement on Tuesday read.

CSA, meanwhile, is not expecting any hiccups with regards to travel restrictions.

"Cricket South Africa (CSA) has noted the postponement of the 2021 season of Indian Premier League (IPL) due to COVID-19 safety reasons," the organisation said in a statement released on Tuesday.  

"CSA supports the decision to put the health and safety interests of all involved in the tournament first and foremost and has made contact with all of the relevant franchises to ensure the expedited travel of all South African players and support staff back to our shores. 

"Those travelling back to South Africa will undergo home quarantine in line with the current World Health Organization recommendations.

"CSA and the South African Cricketers Association (SACA) are in contact with all players and are assured of their safety and comfort in their respective locations."

CSA wishes to extend its well wishes and support to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the people of India and thank the BCCI for keeping our players safe during this challenging time.

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